What I Saw at the Pier 9 Artist in Residence Exhibition on May 26, 2017


It’s Friday, so let’s talk about something besides
Autodesk Forge. Many of you have read about
our space at Pier 9 in
San Francisco

“We’re focused on making it as easy as possible for people to
go from having an idea about something they want to create to
making that idea a physical reality. Helping them go from
design to fabrication is where Pier 9 comes in. It was
designed as a place where we could explore and create better
ways to connect the 3D model in the computer to the
digital manufacturing machines that make it real in the
physical world. We’re also addressing some of the difficulties
associated with that process, refining our CAM products, and
better connecting our products to machines like
3D printers, water jets, and CNC machines.”
— Carl Bass, Autodesk CEO Emeritus

Simply put, we all know that we’ll have a better appreciation
for what our customers do with our software if our employees
actually build things using our software. In addition to using
our software in traditional ways, we also have a program where
artists use our software in non-traditional ways.

Last Friday, I attended the Artist in Residence Exhibition at
Pier 9. Here are some pictures of the artists’ wonderful


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Escher’s 2D drawings realized in 3D


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a 3D printed record that actually plays!


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Materials that change to predesigned, specific shapes when


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A garment that uses facial recognition to respond based on
where an onlooker looks


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A programmable, sand-based “etch-a-sketch”


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No exhibition would be complete without a virtual reality


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Having others exercise our software in unconventional ways
helps us see what is possible even though it was not part of
our original thought process. An equivalent activity for
Autodesk Forge would be a hackathon where
developers use our application program interfaces (APIs)
in unusual ways.

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